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A Wine Writers View on the World of Wine. Formerly Magics Wine Guide and Reviews for Newbies

Visiting Adelaide for Wine & Food? Here’s a quick peak!


  Bush tucker trials, beer, barbecues, surfing and Neighbours are stereotypical views of Australia. A country that favours gap year students looking for a good time before the seriousness of … Continue reading

March 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Harpers – Mike Matthews on the Wine Wonders to be Found in Eastern and Central Europe


When I first started my career in wine, some 19 years ago, the realisation that a Central or Eastern European wines could potentially become a respectable, premium commodity would almost … Continue reading

March 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Taste of Eastern Mediterranean Wines – Stobi’s Macedonian Petit Verdot


What happened to Petit Verdot? Known for centuries as a blending grape, this variety is now proving it can stand alone in its new home the Republic of Macedonia… Petit Verdot … Continue reading

March 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Real Wine Fair to Incorporate Like Minded Artisan Foods


This years Real Wine Fair, an event that highlights wines which are made with respect for terroir and provenance, will be working again with artisan food producers and restaurants who … Continue reading

February 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Hidden Wonders of the Vranec Grape


Unlike most modern day wine countries, the Republic of Macedonia prides itself on focusing on its indigenous varietals, whilst also producing the widely-recognised international grape varieties; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc , … Continue reading

January 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Macedonia & Terroir


The Republic of Macedonia is a Former Yugoslavian country located in Southern Central Europe; with Bulgaria sitting to her right, Kosovo and Serbia tucked in up north, Albania to the … Continue reading

January 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Press Release: UK’s Hallowed Ground adds Barossa’s Teusner to portfolio


Hallowed Ground has recently acquired the distribution of boutique winery Teusner from the Barossa Valley, South Australia, adding to their already growing list of Antipodean boutique wineries. Launched in 2001 … Continue reading

November 7, 2013 · 2 Comments

Harpers: Wine Rack to unveil new look store concept on November 7 in West Byfleet


The new store concept for Wine Rack is to be officially unveiled on November 7 in West Byfleet, Surrey when owners, Conviviality Retail, open the doors to what it hopes … Continue reading

November 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

Press Release: Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson MW launch latest World Atlas of Wine in New York with English Sparkling Wine


Ridgeview Bloomsbury 2010, a sparkling wine from the South Downs of England, was the choice for two of the world’s most respected authorities on wine, Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson, … Continue reading

November 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Press Release: English Fizz Goes to Franciacorta


On 15th October, international sparkling wine and Champagne expert Tom Stevenson presented the first ever tutored tasting of 10 English Sparkling Wines to a packed audience of Franciacorta producers, Italian sommeliers and specialist wine press.  … Continue reading

October 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Harpers – Mike Matthews recent Top Three wines reviewed


On a recent research mission to the offices of Harpers Wine & Spirit, I was asked to come up with my top three recently tasted wines; which were to be … Continue reading

October 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Harpers – Mike Matthews writes on why we should take a leap of faith into the unusual


I’m someone who searches for the unusual when it comes to wine. I like to champion those producers and countries that generally struggle to get a sniff when it comes … Continue reading

October 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Press Release: Bettane + Desseauve – 2nd Wine Experience London – Saatchi Gallery


 The second Bettane + Desseauve Wine Experience London will take place at the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea on 25th and 26th of October 2013. This exclusive event is aimed at both professional and consumer wine … Continue reading

September 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

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